Mineralogie/Petrographie Gesteinssammlung

Natural History Museum Vienna

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Electronic database / Collection

Short Description

The rock collection of the Department of Mineralogy and Petrography contains over tens of thousands of specimens and has a world-wide coverage. The collection is subdivided into several specific "sub-collections", including the building stone and decorative stone collection (separate entry in the infrastructure database), the collection of thin sections, the impactite collection, and the sand collection.
The rock collection contains many historical samples (some of them collected during the 19th century during several overseas expeditions).
Only a very limited number of rock samples are displayed to the public, mainly in Hall IV, where they are systematically arranged, representing a selection of the main rock types, occurring in Austria and in the rest of the world.

Contact Person

Dr. Lidia Pittarello

Research Services

Classification of rock types possible on request, depending on various conditions.
Historical research. Cooperation in research projects.

Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure

The employees of the department of mineralogy and petrography can offer their experience in the identification of rock types and in scientific research on geological processes in selected rock samples, using a large variety of analytical methods.

Allocation to Core Facility

Mineralogisch-Petrographische Abteilung, Naturhistorisches Museum Wien

Dr. Lidia Pittarello
Mineralogisch-Petrographische Abteilung
+43 1 52177-270
Access to scientists during working hours (Mo-Fr, 9 am - 4 pm) after prior appointment.
University of Vienna
Università di Camerino
Università di Pavia